Have you ever been at work and thought to yourself, “I hate my job; why am I still here?” Maybe you’ve been at school wondering if your cut out for it. Do you second guess yourself on a lot of things, always thinking you may be doing it wrong?
The truth is, we have all felt like we don’t live up to standards. Whether those are self-imposed or standards that society holds out, many good men spend their time just putting themselves down. To be honest, growing up I remember doing it many times. I’d find myself at times comparing myself to my friends. The ones that had the nice clothes or new video games. Even as grown men we tend to do this. We feel like we have to have a big bank account and a fancy vehicle to have a sense of accomplishment. Often thinking those things will help us feel like we have finally made it. We put so much emphasis on things that we forget the One who made us and gave us the opportunity to succeed. God says that because He created us, He loves us!
He created us in His own image so we are beautiful just as we are. We don’t have to set our minds on worldly standards. God will put us where He wants us, and we will be great! Like my pastor likes to say “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” We have heard many examples in the bible about God using the people we might think aren’t qualified to do great things, but because He has called them, and because they were obedient in faith, God did great things through them.
If you’re in a place where you feel you shouldn’t be or don’t like where you’re at, seek God and He will guide you, He’ll give you His path. When we experience difficult times, we must learn to look at them as steps to growth. When we experience great times, rejoice in them because God has blessed us. God has blessings for us. In Colossians 1:12 NIV it says,
“giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”
God has given us His son and His kingdom. All we have to do is accept it and we will have everlasting life. God wants to use us for His greater good. Now the questions stands, are you willing to leave your own at times selfish desires to step up and be just as God made you? Are you willing to seek greatness for His sake and not your own?
One of the things I love to do is workout consistently. I try to get up every morning before work and hit the gym. I’ve been doing this for about 7 years now. It makes my day feel better and I don’t have to worry about missing the gym because of other engagements later in the day. It’s been hard to master, I don’t always get up, but I’ve disciplined myself over time so it’s not a big deal anymore. Discipline has been a major factor in what I look like now as opposed to what I looked like when I wasn’t in shape. When I started attending Church Unlimited and became a believer, I saw how discipline plays a major part in your spiritual walk as well. The way I see it, I figure I can compare my physical and spiritual well-being quite easily because I know discipline is required to achieve greatness. In 1 Timothy 4:8 it says,
“Physical training is good, but godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”
For a long time now, I have been training physically to be stronger and to have a healthier lifestyle, but now as I follow Christ and realize that I get my strength from Him, I strive to become spiritually stronger. My brothers and I have made it a point to keep accountability on each other to not only be spiritually stronger, but healthier as well. As leaders of our homes, we want to be around for many family memories. It’s not easy, but nothing worth something great is ever easy. Our faith has got to be in Christ our savior in order for us to do greater things. If He says we are to do great things, our faith must prove it!
I think it’s safe to say that many are trying to find that special someone, their soul mate. Some find that person earlier than others, some later, and some may be called to a singles life. Society tends to put out so many worldly standards that many people either settle for someone that’s not right for them or they simply just give up. God gives us so much wisdom in His word on the matter, for instance, the verse that many have heard from
1 Corinthians 13:4-7:
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude…”
True love comes from God and we have to be able to wait on Him. Seek Him first and He will provide.
Before I came to know Christ, I focused on worldly standards of love, and it got me into the wrong place really fast. I jumped into a relationship because truthfully, I didn’t think I could find better. Out of that three-year relationship, I spent about a year and a half unhappy; but I thought to myself, I will never find someone better. I was wrong! Years later after seeking love or lust in all the wrong places; I started to devote more time to Christ and asking Him to send me a woman, the one for me. I was specific in what I was looking for and asked precisely for those things. The Lord surely did bless me with a woman who had ALL the things I had prayed on. She is a wonderful woman and this coming January we will embark on our new journey together as husband and wife. I owe all this to my Lord and savior! For seeking Him and His love, He sent my soul mate.
Living in His standard rather than the world’s offers so much more, but it takes that patience and seeking His heart, and also knowing that you are worth so much more that what the world tells you. Don’t ever just settle, KNOW YOUR WORTH!